UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 17-20 updates (6,000/12,000, ante 2,000)

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4.35pm: Break
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4.30pm: Jonat on the rise
Chris Jonat has been very active this level. Here's a little selection of his action:

- Jonat opened for 25,000 under-the-gun and Jamie O'Connor three-bet to 50,000 from the button. Jonat came back over the top for 100,000 and O'Connor passed. Jonat showed 3♣4♣.

"Nice play," said Barry Greenstein.

"Nice play from Barry Greenstein? That's worth it," said Jonat.


Greenstein (left) and Jonat

- Harry Lodge opened to 24,000 from under-the-gun and Jonat three-bet to 50,000 from the button. O'Connor four-bet to 100,000 and Jonat moved all-in over the top for 584,000.

O'Connor looked in a pickle. He puffed his cheeks out

"You've been very lucky against me," said Jonat, now on his feet with his hands on his hips.

"Last time you were talking you had kings," said O'Connor.

After some will-you-show-if-I-show banter O'Connor passed and flashed ace-king. Jonat tabled red kings. Good read by O'Connor.

"If you'd clicked it back I would have got it all-in," said O'Connor.

"I'm enough of a fish that I don't want the sweat," replied Jonat.

Jonat works for PokerStars and is in charge of managing Team PokerStars Online. Looks like he's been learning plenty from his younger charges. He's currently up to 700,000 as the last remaining Rational Group staff member. -- RD

4.20pm: Greenstein doubles
Barry Greenstein has more then $8m in live tournament winnings. He's been there, done it and got the bracelet (well, three actually). Greenstein got one shove through before getting looked up by Harry Lodge. Greenstein doubled in very standard fashion to 260,000. -- RD

4.15pm: Paul Coughlan eliminated in 13th place (£6,650)
Down to just 72,000 Paul Coughlan moved all-in with K♠Q♠ and Duncan McLellan gave him a spin with A♠[10h]. The 9♦9♥3♥6♥[10d] board kept McLellan in front and we're down to a dozen in the Main Event. -- NW

4.10pm: Marks doubles through McLellan
Colin Marks is up to around 650,000 after doubling through Duncan McLellan. He moved in on the turn of a K♣4♠7♣A♦ board for 188,000 with pocket fours and McLellan called with A♥Q♦ and was drawing dead. The A♠ gave him trips but not the pot. He's on the slide and down to around 500,000. -- NW

4.05pm: O'Connor up to over a million
Jamie O'Connor just won a huge pot against Chris Jonat to climb to over a million in chips, whilst Jonat drops to around 480,000.

Pre-flop Jonat made it 25,000 to go from early position and called when O'Connor three-bet to 50,000 on the button. The 7♣3♣8♣ flop was checked through and the K♣ landed on the turn. It was checked to O'Connor, he bet 60,000 and Jonat called. The 6♦ completed the board, again Jonat check-callled, this time for 140,000, O'Connor showed [10c]9♥ for the rivered straight and Jonat mucked. -- NW

4pm: Browning doubles, then busts
Before he got moved to the feature table Duncan McLellan doubled up James Browning. He raised to 33,000 from under-the-gun with K♦J♠, Browning moved in for 110,000 with pocket sixes and McLellan made the call. The [10d]Q♦7♠ flop was quite the sweat for Browning but he held on the 2♠ turn and 5♠ river.

The next hand Harry Lodge raised to 25,000 on the button, Browning moved in for 240,000 from the small blind and Lodge made a crying call.

Browning: Q♦Q♠
Lodge: K♣Q♥

Browning looked set fair to finally get his hands on an average stack but the 8♣[10c]7♣J♦A♠ gave Lodge broadway to eliminate Browning in 14th. -- NW

3.55pm: Alexander Schilt doubles through Chris Jonat
On a 4♣J♥6♣ flop Chris Jonat c-bet 28,000 from the button, Alexander Schilt check-raised to 65,000 and Jonat moved all-in.

Schilt, who had about 160,000 back, tank called and showed J♦[10c]. He was well behind to Jonat's pocket kings, that was until the J♣ hit the turn to vault him into the lead. The 6♥ completed the board and put a big dent in Jonat's stack. -- NW

3.50pm: McLellan pulls a huge bluff to break a million
Duncan McLellan has just raked in a huge post to break the million mark. McCellan opened to 34,000 and was called by Dan Stacey before Dahe Liu three-bet the button to 92,000. Both players called.

Liu c-bet 78,000 into the 5♥Q♣2♦ flop and McLellan check-raised to 205,000. He showed K♦T♦ for an air-ball bluff. -- RD

3.40pm: Rebel without a stack
PokerStars Qualifier Matthijs Rebel has just been sent to the rail after getting rivered by Dahe Liu. Rebel's A♦T♠ was ahead of Liu's K♠Q♣ until it binked a queen on the river. The Dutchman went in 15th (£5,870).

Liu is up to 752,000. Dan Stacey is leading with 932,000 and Fatima Moreira de Melo is down to 650,000 after losing a flip to Colin Marks who's now on around 300,000. -- RD


What's they're playing for (and £94,090)

Blinds up: 6,000/12,000, ante 2,000

3.27pm: Feature table seat draw
Here's how the feature table lines up currently:

1. Daniel Stacey, 885,000
2, Richard Milne, 615,000
3. Paul Coughlan, 193,000
4. Dahe Liu, 612,000
5. Matthijs Rebel, 211,000
6. Colin Marks, 193,000
7. Fatima Moreira De Melo, 680,000

3.25pm: Razavi and Phillips bust to bring the re-draw
Fifteen players remain in the Main Event after busts from Sam Razavi and Chris Phillips. Phillips went out to Chris Jonat with K♥J♥ to A♦J♣ all-in pre-flop. Razavi managed to run into aces after three-bet jamming his last 150,000.

Here's the outer table draw.

Table six
1. Alexander Schilt, 220,000
2. Jamie O'Connor, 700,000
3. Adam Topping, 400,000
4. Harry Lodge, 470,000
5. James Browning, 110,000
6. Duncan McLellan, 800,000
7. Barry Greenstein, Team PokerStars Pro, 210,000
8. Chris Jonat, Rational Group staff, 900,000

Don't forget that you can watch the live stream by clicking here. -- RD

3.10pm: Mate Mecs out from feature table
Mate Mecs has just been eliminated in either 18th or 17th (there was a bust out on the outer table at the same time) he was all-in with A♥7♦ and up against Daniel Stacey's Q♣J♣.

The 5♥A♠[10s] flop was a decent one for Mecs, the 2♣ turn safe enough but the K♦ river a disaster as it gave Stacey broadway.

The youngster from Stoke is up to nearly 600,000 and making another deep UKIPT run. He finished 11th at UKIPT4 London and due to winning the Full Tilt Qualifier last longer competition won a free seat to this event. -- NW

3pm: The ups and downs of Sam Razavi
Sam Razavi thought he was out and had to be called back to the table, it's a good job he came back as he's since spun his stack back up to something workable. Let's rewind...

There was a raise to 23,000 from Colin Marks, Richard Milne then moved all-in for 262,000 from the button with A♣K♥ and Sam Razavi moved all-in over the top with J♦J♠ and Marks folded. The J♣6♠[10s] flop gave Razavi a set but the Q♥ turn gave Milne broadway and he held on the 2♣ river to climb to 560,000.

Razavi was left with just 15,000 and they went in soon after, Colin Marks had raised in front to 23,000 and Chris Phillips called from the big blind to create a small side pot.

On the 5♣5♠8♥ flop Phillips led for 25,000 and Marks folded an ace, Phillips showed Q♠J♥ for just queen high, Razavi showed K♣9♦ and was ahead. The A♦ fell on the turn and would've eliminated Razavi had Phillips not bet, because the 3♣ completed the board.

Soon after Richard Milne raised to 22,000 with 8♠8♣, Razavi moved in for 55,000 with K♥J♣ and Milne made the call. The [10c]9♣6♥K♦6♠ board boosted Razavi all the way up to 131,000. He shoved all-in the next hand and is now up to aroune 175,000. -- NW

2.50pm: Straghalis out in 19th (£4,800)
Chris Straghalis comeback was short-lived. He jammed A♦Q♣ and was looked up by Adam Topping with A♥J♥. Topping turned a jack to send Straghalis to the cage to collect £4,800. -- RD

2.40pm: Meet chip leader Duncan McLellan
Our coverage tends to focus on the players that most people will want to know about and are most likely to know (Barry Greenstein anyone?) but Duncan McLellan really deserves his time in the spotlight. McLellan was near the chip lead at the end of Day 1A and he ran away with a monster stack throughout the second half of Day 2: his 870,000 stack was way ahead of the 573,000 next largest stack.

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Duncan McLellan: putting the bricklaying skills to good use on that stack

I spoke to the 49-year-old bricklayer from Corby in Northamptonshire. He plays once a month live and also plays a lot online at PokerStars, which is where he qualified for this event. In fact with half an hour to go last night he had more than a million but lost a big flip.

"I was looking over a big stack of chips. It was kind of embarrassing. I don't like that much attention. I'm not one of those super star professional players. I'm a recreational player. I'm keen. I'm trying," said McLelllan.

The 'trying' seems to be working out pretty well so far.

"I was tired from the ferry on Day 1, which was a 12-hour journey but I got a good night's sleep afterwards and came here with 98,000 and span it up to almost a million. I didn't put a foot wrong all day. I knocked out five, six, seven people. I played the best poker of my life Friday and Saturday. I've really stepped up to the mark for this tournament," he said,

This is McLellan's third UKIPT and he's said that some of his winnings from this will go into playing the Nottingham six-max. He's now sat a few seats away from Team PokerStars Pro and poker legend Barry Greenstein.

"You look up to people (like Barry). I was sat with Liv Boeree and Daniel Negreanu was walking about. It's quite intimidating. It's a nice worry, but is quite intimidating for a recreational player. You feel that they've got the best hand, that they've got it," said McLellan.

At the moment that seems to be the other way, that McLellan's always got it. He's been well above average pretty much the whole tournament. Keep that up and you know what happens. -- RD


Chris Straghalis doubles through Duncan Mclellan (right)

2.35pm: Thomas Dunwoodie eliminated in 20th place (£4,800)
Down to just 27,000 Thomas Dunwoodie moved all-in and he picked up two callers in the shape of Alexander Schilt and Duncan McLellan.

On the 7♣J♣Q♠ flop McLellan bet, Schilt folded and it was time for a showdown. Dunwoodie showed A♠4♣, McLellan A♠7♥.

The 2♥ turn and 5♠ river changed nothing and we're down to 19 players. They'll be a re-draw when we reach 16. -- NW

2.35pm: Jack Ellwood eliminated in 21st place (£4,315)
They'll be no second UKIPT final table appearance for Jack Ellwood as he just busted to Dahe Liu on the feature table.

The Geordie was all-in for 187,000 with A♦K♦ and up against Liu's pocket tens. The 'classic race' graphic came up on the live stream but it wasn't a race for long as the J♣[10c]J♠ flop left Ellwood drawing slim. The 3♠ turn left him drawing dead and all the J♥ river did was change the type of full house that Liu had. -- NW

2.25pm: 100% accurate chip counts
Fresh out the kitchen here are 100% accurate chip counts as done by staff on the break. It's still Duncan McLellan who leads and Fatima Moreira De Melo is still his closest challenger.

Duncan McLellan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 870,000
Fatima Moreira De Melo, Netherlands, PokerStars SportStar, 587,000
Dahe Liu, United Kingdom, 476,000
Christopher Jonat, United Kingdom, Rational Group Staff, 470,000
Matthijs Rebel, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, 457,000
Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 415,000
Daniel Stacy, Ireland, 407,000
Harry Lodge, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 385,000
Barry Greenstein, United States, Team PokerStars Pro, 375,000
Jamie O'Connor, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 350,000
Richard Milne, United Kingdom, 335,000
Paul Coughlan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 303,000
Adam Topping, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 300,000
Alexander Schilt, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 280,000
Colin Marks, United Kingdom, 202,000
Jack Ellwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 189,000
Christopher Phillips, Isle of Man, 150,000
Mate Mecs, Hungary, PokerStars Qualifier, 150,000
Chris Straghalis, Isle of Man, Rational Group Staff, 120,000
James Browning, United Kingdom, 60,000
Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, 55,000

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Fatima Moreira de Melo

2.20pm: Play resumes
We're into a new blind level. Game on. I spoke to Duncan McLellan at the break so we'll give you some info about him shortly. -- RD

Blinds up: 5,000/10,000, ante 1,000

2.10pm: Straghalis doubles on the last hand before the break
Chris Straghalis jammed from the small blind for his last 54,000 and Duncan McLellan made the call from the big blind. Staghalis was ahead with K♠5♣ to J♥9♥ and stayed ahead throughout. He's up to 120,000, good for 12 big blinds in the next blind level. -- RD

2pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute, we'll be getting chip counts during it. -- NW

1.55pm: Coughlan doubles, Straghalis short
Paul Coughlan raised it up to 18.000 pre-flop and Chris Straghalis flatted from the big blind. On the 8♠9♥6♦ flop it checked to Coughlan, he bet 25,000, Straghalis raised to 55,000 and Coughlan jammed for 136,000 total.

"I think you think I'm at it, but I'm not," said Straghalis. He got the dealer to pull in the 55,000, eyed up the pot, took the 81,000 out of his stack and counted what remained (89,000). He then announced call.

Straghalis: 8♣5♣
Coughlan: J♠J♣

The 3♦ turn and 3♣ river kept Coughlan in front, "nice hand," said Straghalis as he shipped the majority of his stack to him.

Straghalis then proceeded to raise two of the next three pots but lose both and is in real trouble now. -- NW

1.45pm: Cheetham out in 22nd, Browning in trouble
Lewis Cheetham is out in 22nd and James Browning could well be next. Paul Coughlan jammed for 77,000 with pocket nines and Browning slowly called with A♠Q♠ for more than half his chips. The nines held up to leave Browning with 55,000. -- RD

1.40pm: Greenstein doubles through Straghalis
Barry Greenstein has just doubled through Chris Straghalis in a horrible cooler. Greenstein was all-in for his tournament life for 165,000 with T♦T♥ while Straghalis held 9♥9♣.

A nine in the window gave Straghalis help before the flop spread 9♠T♠5♠ to give set over set.

"Awwww, you're kidding me," said Straghalis.

The turn and river ran out 4♥8♣.

"It's going in on the flop anyway," said Straghalis, possibly trying to help himself away from tilt.

"That was scary when the nine showed," said Greenstein, now looking more perky with around 340,000. Straghalis is down to 200,000. -- RD


Barry Greenstein

1.35pm: Handley busts in 23rd to Jonat, collects £4,315
Isle of Man local Mark Handley has been sent to the rail after shoving his last 64,000 with A♥J♥ from the cut-off. He was unlucky to find Chris Jonat with A♣K♦. -- RD

1.30pm: Mate Mecs doubles through Dahe Liu
It's always nice to find aces, especially when you're down to 15 big blinds and that's what happened to Mate Mecs on the feature table.

He got them in with A♠A♦ and found a willing caller in the shape of Dahe Liu who had pocket sixes. The Q♦7♣K♦2♣7♦ board doubled Mecs to 264,000 whilst Liu slips to 214,000. -- NW

1.20pm: A lull in proceedings
After the madness of the opening level, in which seven players were eliminated, the action has slowed in the opening 20 minutes of level 18.

There's very few flops being seen and most pots are being taken by a single raise. The shortest stack, at least on the outer tables, belongs to Lewis Cheetham. He just moved all-in but got no action, he counted down his stack of around 90,000 and said: "I'm alive for another orbit now."

Still 23 players in the Main Event. -- NW

Blinds up: 4,000/8,000, ante 1,000

1pm: Christopher Phillips doubles up
The shortest stack at the start of play belonged to Christopher Phillips. The Isle of Man resident just doubled up though and is no longer the shortest stack.

There was a raise to 12,000 from Jamie O'Connor, Sam Razavi flat called and Phillips did likewise from the big blind. On the 6♥Q♠6♠ flop O'Connor bet 27,000, Razavi folded, Phillips moved in for 64,000 and O'Connor reluctantly called.

Phillips: K♥Q♥
O'Connor: 7♠5♠

The K♣ turn and A♦ river kept Phillips in front and doubled him to around 180,000. -- NW

12.55pm: Chimel out in 24th
Tomasz Chimel has busted out at the feature table, he had his aces cracked by Dahe Liu who hit runner-runner broadway straight with [A][J]. -- NW

12.50pm: Razavi aiming to pitch flag at final table
Sam Razavi has been 'flag hunting' all week, desperately seeking a cash in the Isle of Man to add a flag to his burgeoning collection. He'd got close in a couple of side events and finally got over the line in the Main Event.

He just doubled up through Chris Jonat when they both flopped a set on a J♠6♣A♠ board, all the money flew in and Razavi's jacks were ahead of Jonat's sixes. There was no one outer on the 3♣ turn or 9♦ river. After that hand Razavi is up to 400,000, whilst Jonat is down to 315,000. -- NW

12.40pm: Final three tables
We're down to the final three tables of the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event as Peter Warfvinge has just fallen in 25th.

He was all-in for around 120,000 with A♠Q♠ and was in bad shape against Richard Milne's pocket queens. A 4♦5♣9♣8♥J♥ board saw him eliminated.

No re-draw at 24, but table eight, which was the feature table has been broken. -- NW

12.30pm: Five fall early on
They're falling thick and fast here at the moment with five players falling early on. Ben Jenkins' ace-queen was toppled by Alexander Schilt's ace-king in an unfortunate button to big blind raise-shove-call. Jonathan Barr's kings were cracked by a flopped flush draw which got there. Steve Russell was busted by Rational Group staffer Chris Straghalis while Owen Fenwick (who qualified for this event through a freeroll) got deuces in against Richard Milne's kings and couldn't suck out. This speed of consolidation is pretty damn quick. Expect it to slow when we get down to two tables. -- RD


Jack Ellwood and Ben Jenkins, yesterday

12.20pm: Russell busts
An exit from the feature table to tell you about now...

A short stacked Steve Russell moved in for 62,000 from the small blind with J♠6♥ and Chris Straghalis gave him a spin from the big blind with A♣3♣. A [10d][10h]7♣Kh]2♦ board means we lose Russell and just 28 remain. -- NW

12.15pm: McLellan loses some
Duncan McLellan is definitely trying to bully the table but they're not letting him get away with it. Twice he's opened to 18,000 and twice he's been shoved on. Adam Topping and Alexander Schilt the players getting frisky. -- NW

12.10pm: Esposito the first man out
It only took a few hands to lose the first player on Day 3 and it's Fabio Esposito gone.

Sam Razavi opened to 12,000 from under-the-gun, next to act Chris Jonat bumped it to 27,000 and Esposito moved all-in from the big blind for around 150,000. Razavi's cards went in the muck but Jonat made the call.

Jonat: Q♠Q♦
Esposito: A♦K♥

The 9♦Q♣9♠3♥6♦ board ruled decisively in Jonat's favour. -- NW

12pm: Party time
There was a frighteningly* good party a couple of nights ago at the Tahiko nightclub here in the Isle of Man. Catch up with the fun in the video below. Apologies in advice for the cackling witch.

*See what I did there?

11.40pm: Day 3 aka the final table charge
We're in the money with 30 players remaining at the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event with Duncan McLellan's 870,000 stack way ahead of the chasing pack. PokerStars SportStars Fatima Moreira de Melo is in second place with 573,000. Check out what happened yesterday by clicking here. Play resumes at noon. You can also follow the live webcast here.

Table five
1, Alexande Schilt, 171,000
2, Paul Coughlan, 174,000
3, Benjamin Jenkins, Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador, 105,000
4, Thomas Dunwoodie, 187,000
6, Duncan McLellan, 870,000
7, Adam Topping, 155,000
8, James Browning, 187,000

Table six
1, Owen Fenwick, 135,000
2, Colin Marks, 373,000
4, Fabio Esposito, 154,000
5, Sam Razavi, 197,000
6, Chris Jonat, 242,000
7, Peter Warfvinge, 151,000
8, Christopher Phillips, 74,000

Table seven
1, Jonathan Barr, 152,000
2, Harry Lodge, 348,000
3, Matthijs Rebel, 496,000
4, Dahe Liu, 250,000
5, Tomasz Chmiel, 155,000
6, Richard Milne, 139,000
7, Daniel Stacy, 406,000
8, Jack Ellwood, 225,000

Table eight
1, Steve Russell, 70,000
2, Chris Straghalis, 293,000
3, Lewis Cheetham, 100,000
4, Mate Mecs, 165,000
5, Barry Greenstein, Team PokerStars Pro, 211,000
6, Jamie Connor, 279,000
7, Fatima Moreira de Melo, PokerStars SportStar, 573,000
8, John Handley, 167,000


Second in chips: Fatima Moreira de Melo

PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Rene Velli.

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